Sky TV blocks thousands from watching free online streams in 'landmark' crackdown

Sky TV blocks thousands from watching free online streams in 'landmark' crackdown

By DAVID SNELLING
PUBLISHED: 12:32, Sun, Apr 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 12:32, Sun, Apr 11, 2021

SKY has blocked thousands of TV viewers from streaming its most popular shows online for free, thanks to a fresh court battle.

Live streams from Sky Sports have been blocked on a regular basis and UK internet suppliers have recently been ordered to ban certain movie-hosting websites. UK residents have even been sent letters from the police when illegal activity – like streaming copyright-protected content on movie sharing platforms – has been detected at their address. The letters warn that legal action will follow if they continue to stream content without permission.

In the latest battle against piracy in the UK, Sky has secured a legal victory against a man in Scotland accused of breaching their copyright and making money by providing streams to watch exclusive Sky shows on video-hosting platforms, like YouTube and Reddit.

Thousands of people across the UK paid Alex Cherrie for access to his YouTube videos, which included shows and movies only available legally to those who subscribe to Sky Q or Sky's streaming sister service, NOW.

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